Welcome to the official web site of Fourth Fest of Greater Racine. Here you'll find everything you need to know about one of the Midwest's largest and most colorful Independence Day parades -- cited by USA Today in 2008 as one of the Top Ten places to be in the country for Independence Day (just behind Washington, D.C.) In fact, the entire Racine community -- some 100,000 spectators of the parade alone! -- is abuzz with Independence Day activities throughout the day.
The theme of our 2016 parade is “Celebrating 80 Years of the Greatest Parade on Earth!”
Whether its welcoming back our service men and women from a tour of duty or family members who have moved away, our theme will invoke memories of past parades as we take a nostalgic look at our community. Participants are encouraged to keep with our theme as they parade down Main Street USA and along our 2.6 mile parade route. Spectators will see all their favorites, as well: horses, clowns, jugglers, antique cars, the popular Iwo Jima presentation, servicemen and servicewomen, award-winning marching bands (and drum & bugle corps), colorful floats, dance troupes, sports heroes, school groups, politicians, and other dignitaries -- more than 100 units in all! Indeed, there's something for everyone….
Thank you Racine for for making the 2016 Fourth Fest Parade and Fireworks a success! It takes a community to celebrate the fourth and the community turned out. See you next year for the 2017 Fourth Fest Parade and Fireworks! Thank you, thank you, thank you!!!
Join us in welcoming our newest sponsor! Festival Foods has joined the Fourth Fest of Greater Racine Family as a major sponsor of our Fourth Fest activities. Thank you for your commitment to the Greater Racine area. We look forward to seeing the world's largest shopping cart in our parade.